Monday, September 29, 2008

Hokies Get Corn?

With 5 tentative weeks left until the baby comes, I was able to take a trip that is a dream for a college football fan, to see the Hokies play the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln. One of my roomates from grad school, Gary, went to Nebraska and has season tickets. 20 minutes after the series was announced, Gary e-mailed me offering me a ticket if I would give him a ticket in Blacksburg (next year). So I as able to go with Gary and his wife Tonya (another friend and onetime roomate at NC State).

I don't know if I could have had a better trip. The fans in Lincoln are fantastic. While a few students gave me a hard time, there were probably 100 fans who stopped and asked if I was having a good time and to make sure everyone was being hospitable. I was invited to tailgates, asked questions about Blacksburg, the Hokies, Coach Beamer, etc. While they were excited about the Huskers, they were polite and friendly. I hope we (Hokie fans) can evolve into as good of a fanbase. As memorial stadium accurately reads "Through these gates pass the greatest fans in college football."

We started our tailgate around 1pm, at a Nebraska tailgate with friends of Gary's sister and brother in law. They had smoked 20 racks of ribs the day before and reheated them on the grill. We also had a few beers at Lazlo's so we could catch the scores later in the afternoon. A trip to the bookstore (so I could buy a red "Got Corn?" t-shirt) and tour of the stadium completed the pre-game festivities.

The game was one of the most exciting games I've ever been to, with the Hokies hanging on to win 35-30. Stephen Virgil blocked a punt for a safety. Macho Harris had several great punt returns and a beautiful interception. Tyrod Taylor had his best game all season, Darren Evans continued to have a nose for the endzone with 2 touchdowns, and Dustin Keys was 4-4 on field gols as the Hokie offense stalled in the redzone. The defense played great until the end, and stopped the Huskers exactly enough to win in crunch time. A late hit on Taylor out of bounds and a subsequent un-sportsmanlike conduct penalty on Nebraska coach Bo Pelini set the Hokies up for the final score (Taylor TD on a 1-yard rush) to seal the Hokie victory.

One of the game officials had the same flight back from Omaha as I did, and I was able to talk to him for a few minutes in the Chicago airport. I asked him what Pelini said and he said "whew, a lot of stuff."

Friday, September 19, 2008

Best Tailgate of the Year

I was able to buy a lot 1 pass on the for the Georgia Tech game last weekend. Here are some pictures of the tailgate that resulted. You can also see the baby's first celebrity sighting on her blog here. We had a great tailgate with prepared food from Kroger. We had a few friends drop by, including Pam with her Hokie bike that Stork fixed up for her. The Hokies won 20-17, even though GT outplayed them in many areas, VT won the turnover battle 3-0 and blocked an extra point. Freshman RB Darren Evans looked great, running for 94 yards and 2 TDs.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

50th Anniversary Celebration

This weekend, we were in Richmond for my parent's 50th wedding anniversary. My sisters put together a great celebration (I admittedly coasted on this one), and lots of my parents friends and family were able to come despite the bad weather. Unfortunately, we could not have it outside as planned due to the tropical storm. My older sister made my folks a scrapbook with letters from many more of their friends, and my middle sister got a family portrait framed (we had an Aunt take it in June).
One of the highlights was the pastor who married my parents was able to come. At 90 years old, he was the life of the party. Rev. Langford is a hero of the civil rights movement in Virginia, I have come to find, and lost his job over it. He is also a civil war buff and gave me a lecture on the leadership failures of Jefferson Davis.
What a blessing in my life to have parents whose marriage has lasted 50 years, and what a blessing to have great voices for justice like Rev. Langford.
(More on Dr. Langford: State Legislature Resolution and bio from Va Baptist Herald.)